Season 3 of Netflix hit Stranger Things is in the works, and the streaming service has cast Maya Hawke in the lead role of Robin.
Daughter of Hollywood royalty (her parents are Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke), Maya bagged her breakout role last year when she starred in the popular BBC adaptation of Little Women.
This is your cheat sheet on the rising star...
How old is Maya Hawke?
Maya Hawke was born on July 8 1998 in New York, and she is now twenty years old.
Who are Maya Hawke’s parents?
Maya is the oldest child of Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke. Her parents met on the set of Gattaca and married in May 1998. They were married for seven years before divorcing in 2005 when Maya was five. “I’m not interested in hiding from the fact that my parents are actors. I’m proud of them!” Maya told British Vogue in an interview.
She has one brother and two half siblings from her father’s second marriage to Ryan Shawhughes. Creativity runs in the family and she is the great-great-grand niece of playwright Tennessee Williams.
"My parents are actors and I’m the oldest of my siblings — I have three younger sisters, and a brother who’s my best friend. We’re a close-knit, complicated family, but we spend a lot of time together, even though we live in different houses. We’re a rambunctious gang!" Maya told the Radio Times when promoting Little Women.
What was Maya Hawke’s breakout role?
While studying acting at Juilliard School in New York Maya was offered the part of Jo March in the BBC miniseries adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. Unsurprisingly she didn't turn down the opportunity for her on-screen debut. Kathryn Newton, Willa Fitzgerald and Annes Elwy played Maya’s on screen sisters Amy, Meg and Beth.
The young actor had previously been lined up to play the lead role in Universal Pictures's live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid but while Sofia Coppola pushed for Maya to play the part, the producers chose the better-known Chloë Grace Moretz.
Who has Maya Hawke modelled for?
Maya has starred in advertising campaigns for both Calvin Klein and All Saints alongside appearing in editorials for Vogue.
Her fashion status was sealed earlier this year when she was invited to Anna Wintour’s prestigious Met Gala. For the ‘Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination’ themed ball she wore a black high-neck gown with a keyhole cutout by Diane Von Furstenberg.
What parts will Maya Hawke play next?
Maya has bagged two major roles for 2019. First up she will star as the character of Robin in eight episodes of season 3 of Stranger Things.
She will also play the Flower Child in Tarantino’s upcoming mystery crime film centered on the Manson Family, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. Starring in a Tarantino film is a right of passage of such for Maya considering her mother Uma starred in three of Tarantino films including Pulp Fiction and both Kill Bill Volume 1 and Kill Bill Volume 2.
Does Maya Hawke have Instagram?
Maya can be found on Instagram @Maya_Hawke. She shares a mix of candid, throwback and behind-the-scenes snaps.